With an ESP developed over two years of being co-founders of a startup, Kyle sensed my arrival in the taxi from 24 floors above street level and came down to receive me. We went up and enjoyed a couple of local beers and a Santiago sunset. I already know I’m going to enjoy living in a city that is surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

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 Sunset view from our hotel-apartment downtown

That night, we met some other co-founders from the StartupChile program who gave us some good advice and some decent wine. We also met up with a few Chileans, who were friends with one of our friends and fellow Peace Corps Panama Volunteers. Further validation of the strength of the global Peace Corps network – day 1 in a brand new country and we already have some local friends, thanks to a Peace Corps connection.

We also learned an important lesson in our second day – not much happens on Sundays. We exited our apartment to find food in the morning and instead found a lot of closed storefronts and mostly empty streets. Sunday will be a cooking day once we have an apartment.

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Between going to our first StartupChile activities and looking at apartments, we’ve already realized that Santiago is really big. Luckily, it’s also totally modern, with a great metro system, so it’s pretty easy to get around. We’ve already joined the crush of the metro a few times and it feels like New York, except the stations don’t smell like urine here. (I love you NYC, but your subway stations do smell like urine).

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Pretty sweet photo-bomb here

I guarantee I will write more about this later, but for now I’ll just say that an unusually high percentage of the population here seems to be heavy metal fans, which makes me extremely happy. Also, a lot of people dress like it’s the 90s in the U.S., which makes walking around much more visually interesting.

I realize this post is scattered thoughts and pictures, but that’s a pretty fair representation of our life here so far – 10,975 items on the To Do list, the most important of which is finding ourselves a place to live. Hopefully my next post will be a few shots of our apartment.

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Can sort of see the snow-capped peaks, I promise I’ll get some better shots of them in the coming months